In some rather late-breaking news, the Sacramento Kings will be without second-leading scorer Rudy Gay for tonight’s matchup vs. the Boston Celtics. Fantasy basketball owners shouldn’t fret though, as there is a fantastic in-house option worth adding off the waiver wires.
Gay has been playing lights-out ball lately, but will sit out Friday night’s contest with the flu. He has been scorching hot over the past five games, averaging 23.8 points, 7.4 rebounds, 4.2 assists, and has shot 53.2 percent from the field — well above his season average of 46.1 percent. Finding a replacement for your fantasy team should be easy, though.
Derrick Williams (80 percent available in ESPN.com leagues) has been dealing with a foot injury, but has been given the go ahead to play tonight, making him one of the better streaming options out there. The former N0. 2 overall pick will come off the bench, but there’s no reason to think he can’t put up similar numbers to what he produced when Gay missed four games with an Achilles injury near the end of January. In those four contests, Williams averaged 14.5 points, 11.3 boards and 1.0 trey. The Celtics are 26th in fantasy basketball over the past month in guarding against opposing small forwards.
Marcus Thornton will also sit out Friday night’s game with a hip contusion. There aren’t a lot of great options if you’re looking to fill the void left by the Kings’ starting shooting guard, but deep-leaguers could do worse than Ben McLemore. The rookie is having an underwhelming season, but has serviceable per 36 numbers of 11.8 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.7 threes.
McLemore is available in 77 percent of ESPN.com fantasy basketball leagues.